From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain's reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger's appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There's even an alien puppy. The stories are: Tithe by Griffin Carmichael Exodus by Alec Hutson First Bonding by Tom Germann Ice Dreamer by J J Green The Nanny by Cindy Carroll Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay The Humra by Laura Greenwood The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron Repulse by Alasdair Shaw